Nola Richardson (MM ’10, Voice Pedagogy; MM ’11, Early Music Voice) won the Grand Rapids Bach Festival Competition. She was the recipient of the Linn Maxwell Keller Distinguished Bach Musician Award, which included a $10,000 prize. The finals were held on Thursday, March 21 at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Peyson Moss (MM ’16, Ensemble Arts: Vocal Accompanying) and Laura Whittenberger (GPD ’14, Voice) presented a recital “Welcoming Spring” in Brevard, N.C., where Moss is director of music and organist at Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church. Presented in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the program consisted of arrangements of Irish folk songs and hymns, as well as operetta and classical music.
Peabody students and alumni were involved in a concert at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore that honored the lives lost to gun violence in Baltimore and uplifted the work of BUILD. The concert was a part of the Spire Series, and took place on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm. Jason Kissel (DMA ’07, Organ), Meredith Piplani (MM ’17, Voice), Nick Dogas (MM ’13, Voice), Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice), and current Peabody students Lisa McNulty, voice; Rahzé Cheatham, voice; and Jeremy Earnest, composition, were all involved, performing Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, spirituals, and other works tied to the theme. Proceeds from the concert benefited BUILD’s program Turnaround Tuesday.
Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) will premiere a new opera Bessie and Ma, commissioned by the University of Connecticut as part of the 2017/2019 Sackler Prize in Music Composition, on Friday, March 29, and Sunday, March 31, at the University of Connecticut. The opera tells the story of the intersecting lives of Bessie Coleman, the first female aviator of color in the United States, and Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas.